The updates to iOS 8 have been very important to our readers who suffer great connectivity Bluetooth issues with their in-car infotainment systems. Let’s look at all the rumors surrounding iOS 8 updates, Apple Watch and CarPlay to see if there is any hope for iPhone owners with Bluetooth pairing issues. If the Bluetooh problems persist, they may lock-out the future of new Apple devices such as the Apple Watch or Apple Car.
Beta Versions of iOS 8.2 & 8.3
Two beta versions of iOS are being tested by developers iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3.
It has been reported that iOS 8.2 may be released next week, even as soon as Monday. Published changelogs indicate the iOS 8.2 beta 5 at 258 MB contains “bug fixes and improvements”.
iOS 8.2 has a blood glucose tracking feature in the Health app, which had problems with the way the data was displayed. In the update users can toggle between mg/dL or mmol/L with descriptions. iOS 8.2 changes the Bluetooth control panel for the new health features.
So if you are driving with low blood sugar levels in-car with your Apple watch, you may be know to stop to eat lunch. However, you won’t be able to ask directions form Siri via Bluetooth unless all the iOS 8.2 or 8.3 Bluetooth works.
The Apple Watch is expected to be released on March 9 and an iOS software should support the Watch. The Apple Watch is not a primary device it can’t make phone calls on its own, it connects to the iPhone for around $350.
Apple Watch Must Communicate with iPhone 4S 5/5S/5C & 6/6+
Let’s see how is the Apple Watch going to communicate with the mother iPhone? If the watch communicates with Bluetooth, all Bluetooth profiles should be fixed. Another feature in the Apple Watch is tracking via Bluetooth 4. Apple has not stated what method of wireless communication will be used between the iPhone and Apple Watch.
Apple Watch to Replace Key Fobs?
“The Apple watch is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph. He hinted that Apple is working with automakers to offer either NFC or Bluetooth to unlock cars.
So here, we have Apple trying to lock and unlock doors on cars with NFC or Bluetooth but has not be able to fix massive Bluetooth issues with almost every make and model of car. Bluetooth connection problems have been reported with many car models such as BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai, Honda, Citroen, Pontiac, Volkswagen, Volvo, Toyota, Dodge, Acura and more.
CarPlay to the Bluetooth Rescue?
Apple’s plan is to connect iPhones to cars is by using CarPlay, a slimmed down car-designed version of iOS for touchscreens in cars that connects via a lightning cable in the first version. That could be a problem for car owners because only Ferrari has operational CarPlay unless a car owner wants to buy a new Pioneer (winner of Tech CARS Award for best CarPlay), Kenwood or Alpine infotainment systems.
We often see massive news about Apple CarPlay. However, in a recent webinar from IHS showed there is very little knowledge of CarPlay for most new car buyers. Among nwcar intenders, only 20-25% have heard about Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink, according to the webinar hosted by Mark Boyadijis.
There are reports that the beta version of iOS 8.3 now in beta 2 has the ability for CarPlay to connect wirelessly. Beta testers have shown a screen shot telling users to hold the Siri button down to set up CarPlay wirelessly.
Those of us who have experienced iOS 8 Bluetooth issues with almost every in-car infotainment system on the market are going H-U-G-H? How can CarPlay connect to cars wirelessy, when we can’t even make phone calls or important contacts?
A report from Car and Driver says that Ford is working on integrating CarPlay in Ford SYNC 3. The New York Times recently reported that Toyota will not deploy CarPlay.
Apple is reportedly working on an iOS 8.4 beta, that is not ready for developers yet. It is rumored to include big changes in streaming music services.
But What About Our Bluetooth?????????
The question marks get even bigger when the various rumors that Apple is working on developing an electric vehicle.
The over 800 commenters who forked up $600 or more for the new iPhone 6/6+ are already frustrated and saying that they will never buy an Apple product again.
It seems logical, that before Apple adds more and more iPhone or Apple Watch features to cars, it should fix the issues iOS users are already complaining about with Bluetooth problems and their cars.
If Apple doesn’t fix current Bluetooth issues, the owners of iPhones won’t buy the Apple Watch to start their cars or even buy an Apple car because they have taken a bite out of Apple and it is very sour…
If you have updated to iOS 8.1.3 or iPhone 6-6+ and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues with your in-car infotainment system, please let us know in the comments below, be sure to note your make, model and year of your vehicle as well as the problem you are experiencing.
Read a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes along with the new “audio-only” connection fix. Read the most popular nuke-it fixes. J.D. Power reports Bluetooth and voice command issues are the most reported technology problems by car owners.
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